Update: India doing exceptionally well with the ball. Australia 101/6 at tea after India set a 188-run target on Day 4 of the second Test in Bangalore. R Ashwin picked three wickets, while Umesh Yadav picked two.
Bangalore: Indian cricket fans are praying that Australia too suffers similar meltdown as suffered by the Indian cricket team. The Indian cricket team, after showing some spine of sorts in the second inning of the match, floundered towards the end and couldn’t capitalise on the good work of Pujara who scored the highest for India in the second inning. Pujara scored 92 runs, while Rahane scored 52 and the all weather batsman Rahul scored 51 runs.
Without the solid contribution from the three, the Indian side could have wilted the same way as they did in the first inning or even worse on the lines of their performance in Pune. The 274 total for the second inning seems rather very respectable.
Indian team gave the visitors 188 runs target to chase. While the total doesn’t seem to be high, but it will be rather very tough for the visitors to score on such a tough wicket. Australians, in the meantime are hopeful to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after Josh Hazlewood led an excellent bowling display from the visitors on the fourth morning in Bengaluru. Hazlewood picked up 6 for 67 and along with Mitchell Starc was devastating during a new-ball spell that earned Australia five wickets in 19 deliveries, before a last-wicket partnership between Wriddhiman Saha and Ishant Sharma nudged India’s lead to 187.
It must be kept in mind that Hazlewood’s figures were the best by an Australia fast bowler in a Test innings in India for 37 years, since Geoff Dymock claimed 7 for 67 at Kanpur in October 1979.
Indian batsmen scored some 60 runs earlier today to take their total to 274. The work of Australia’s fast bowlers made that a difficult ask, and India were bowled out for 274, having added 61 to their overnight total for the loss of their last six wickets.